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Budget battle begins

January 23, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal on Tuesday is sure to draw some heated debate in the current legislative session. Dayton’s solution to the pending $1....

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Avoice

Jan-24-13 2:36 PM

After the 2010-2011 Biennium and the 2012-2012 Biennium results of surpluses having occurred, the delayed K-12 funding amounts are being funded and brought up to date thru the 2010-2011 Biennium. Since the new elected candidates committed to having schools fully funded and the end to any delayed school funding, the Governor must not have heard what they were saying. On page 7 of the Governor's Budget Presentation, I see he has shifted the delayed school funding from the 2012-2013 Biennium, not to be paid fully in the 2014-2015 Biennium Budget, but pushed further out to be delayed until the 2016-2017 Biennium Budget. After being told by the newly elected Legislators and the Governor they were no longer going to use "gimmickry tricks" regarding K-12 funding, apparently what they said and were committed to won't be put into practice. With all the new revenues being proposed, one would have thought they would keep their commitment of fully funding K-12 but that was yesterday.

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